Overall condition: Project
Number of owners: 9 (Was used as the Chaparral show car)
History: Part/Chaparral invoices are all included
MOT: The car has been in storage for over 22 years
The Alfa Romeo Alfetta GT is one of history’s most revered driver’s cars, featuring a blend of aggressive yet delicate ‘70s Italian style, true motorsport pedigree, and thoroughbred engineering. From its launch in 1974 to its discontinuation in 1987, it was the connoisseur’s choice of sports coupé, with double wishbone and torsion bar front suspension, a De Dion tube at the back, inboard disc brakes, and a transaxle for perfect weight distribution and the ultimate in on-road performance. This example is a 1982 GTV6, meaning it’s home to a fuel injected Busso V6 – widely regarded as one of the most sonorous and finest engines ever built. Despite its roots as Alfa Romeo’s Alfetta saloon, the GTV6 proved its worth by tussling with the turbocharged monsters of Group B, and with victory in the British and European Touring Car Championships. Yet the GT combined its new-found respect and prowess with a practical hatchback and 2+2 layout, making it potentially the perfect multi-use sports car and a design for the ages, with even respected journalists including Jeremy Clarkson regarding it among their favourite cars of all time.
This example lived a normal life until 1991, at which time it was subject to a conversion by Chaparral Motorsport of Wiltshire – an exotic car specialist that offered a package for the GTV6, this car believed to be one of only fifteen to have been built. At a cost of £19,862 (£42,618, adjusted for inflation), Chaparral stripped and fully restored the car as well as modifying several components and fundamentally modernising its style. On the surface, the lithe wedge-shaped GTV6 was fitted with a Zender body kit and Compomotive alloy wheels, which widen and lower the car’s stance, emphasising its sporting nature. Under the skin, the Chaparral conversion is believed to have included a rebuilt engine below the bonnet’s pronounced power bulge, featuring uprated pistons, a stronger, rebalanced crankshaft, a ported and polished cylinder head, and an Amsa exhaust system. At the time of its conversion, this car was also fortunate enough to receive a 3-litre V6, as opposed to the standard 2.5-litre unit, which promises even more power. Additionally, the conversion is believed to have complement the engine with adjustable dampers, allowing fine tuning of the GTV6’s already phenomenal on-road manners, and included is a receipt for a handling kit by the acclaimed Harvey Bailey Engineering. Atop the chassis, the original interior was totally replaced by only the finest materials – cream and green Connolly leather seats and green Wilton carpets, with drilled pedals and a premium stereo system completing the cabin. Finally, the package is wrapped in a suitably Alfa Romeo shade of green, completing a truly unique GTV6. As is fitting for such a rare vehicle, its history, including Chaparral invoices are all included, proving the money-no-object approach to the work, with the current owner having bought the car in 1996, its second owner since the restoration and conversion.
Despite its restoration in 1991, the car was last taxed in November 2000, meaning it has been in storage for over 22 years. As would be expected for having been sat for so long, the car is listed as a project, and requires remedial work to bring it back to roadworthy condition to suit its new status as a historic vehicle. The paintwork is in average condition for a car of this nature, with the finish having cracked considerably on the Zender bonnet bulge fitted as part of the Chaparral conversion. Additionally, there are a number of chips scattered around the rest of the body kit, as would be expected, and the paint is peeling on the trailing edge of the offside side skirt. Additionally, there is heavy spidering of the steelwork around its edges, including around the side repeaters and wheel arches, with all four arches also having blistered out into rust. However, the ultra-rare body kit is all in serviceable condition, the Compomotive alloy wheels are in good condition, and all plastic components appear in good order. The light fittings front and rear, the grille, Alfa Romeo badges, door handles, and all trims are uncracked and clean, though the lower offside window trim is lifting from its seam. All panels are straight and true, and the glass is unmarked.
The Busso V6 is the centrepiece of the GTV6’s driver-focused appeal, and despite its time off the road, does run with the aid of an external fuel system and can be heard in the video. However, as with any project car, the timing belt would need changing, the fuel system and cooling system totally renewed, and the ignition system serviced before being ran for any considerable time. Similarly, before being driven, the car would require a thorough suspension check and renewal of the brakes. Beneath the car, all mechanical components appear in good condition considering the time it has been sitting, with the car at a good ride height, rolling and steering cleanly. The engine bay is very clean, with no visible rust below the bonnet and every component appears to be in good, original condition. As previously mentioned, however, remedial work will be required in the general structure of the car.
Inside, the quality of Chaparral’s work becomes apparent, as the Connolly leather and Wilton carpets set this car apart from any other GTV6 in terms of a quality user experience. The cream and green seating, which complements the exterior shade perfectly, is in remarkable condition, showing no wear on any of the four seats. The other leather components, including the door cards, kick panels, and handbrake and gear lever gaiters, are in similarly exceptional condition. The green Wilton carpeting on the door cards is in much the same condition, with the floor carpets and mats having a small amount of staining that may easily be removed through cleaning. The original dashboard is in generally good condition, though it is showing two shades of dubious Alfa Romeo quality as the glovebox and switchgear do not all fit as one may expect. However, thanks to its conversion, this car features the additional extras of electric windows and air conditioning, as well as the aforementioned stereo radio cassette and drilled pedals. Due to the car’s status as a project, the functioning of all electrical components cannot be ensured. Additionally, the lower steering column cowl is missing. All the car’s controls, including the steering wheel, column stalks, pedals, handbrake, and gear lever are in near perfect condition, a testament to this example’s low mileage and two loving post-conversion owners.
The Alfa Romeo GTV6 is an all-time classic, and a firm favourite of the driving enthusiast thanks to its thoroughbred suspension and exceptional Busso V6 engine. As these cars mature into historic vehicle status, they are becoming ever rarer, and this car, with its Chaparral Motorsport conversion and 3-litre power unit, is the rarest of rare, being one of only fifteen believed to have been built by the Wiltshire company to standards of luxury far exceeding those of Alfa Romeo in the early 1980s.
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